Chris Paul reveals decision on his player opt-out clause with Thunder
Chris Paul just had one of the best seasons of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, he has a big decision to make this offseason, with his current deal containing an opt out option for him.
The good news for Thunder supporters is that according to Paul himself, he has recently reiterated his desire not to opt out of his current contract.
“I don’t control that,” Paul said, via Moke Hamilton of USA TODAY SPORTS. “[Thunder General manager] Sam Presti has been amazing this year and Oklahoma was amazing, obviously we’ll see what happens this summer or whatnot. It’s nice to be here and be close to my family. I think for me, I’m gonna let everything play out, see what happens, but I’m in a good place. I wish we could’ve kept advancing in the playoffs, but I don’t have no plans of opting out no time soon, neither.”
This is not the first time Chris Paul has said something along these lines, with the veteran also coming out with a similar statement back in January.
The 35-year-old is set to earn upwards of $85 million over the next two seasons, and this has undoubtedly factored in his decision to opt into his current deal. A viable alternative for him would be to opt out and to sign with a contender, which won’t be able to pay him to pocket that amount of money.
This looks like a win-win situation for both Paul and the Thunder, with the 10-time All-Start looking to stay with the team for the foreseeable future. We were all witness to the great work he did for the young team in the 2019-20 season, and it is certainly something they can build on moving forward.